THE NEW THREAT

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

The New Republic, March 13, 2006

Political Islam-aggressive, totalitarian-is now fully on the offensive.
On January 3, Iran announced it would restart its nuclear program, which,
despite its formal denials, is transparently meant to produce a nuclear
weapon. On January 25, Palestinians gave a resounding electoral victory to
the avowedly annihilative Islamic messianic political party Hamas, which has
now turned to Iran for assistance. And, in the last days of January and
first days of February, four quiescent months after a Danish newspaper
printed political cartoons of Mohammed, violent mass protests against
Denmark and other European countries erupted in the Islamic world. However
disturbing each of these three developments is individually, we would miss
their greater significance if we did not see their fundamental relatedness.
In fact, they are ominously more important than the sum of their parts.

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